Photo: Dr. Akin Baruwa -Left | Real Men Don't Rape - Right
Observers that filled a Lagos Magistrate’s Court to capacity were let down on Wednesday as Dr. Akin Baruwa, who reportedly raped an 18-year-old University of Lagos admission seeker, failed to show up in court.
It was learnt that Baruwa, a lecturer at the university’s Distance Learning Institute, who had been in remand at the Kirikiri Prison since August 7, reportedly declined to follow the.....prison officers while they were coming to the court with other inmates.
The defendant had been in trouble since August 3, when he was arrested by the police for allegedly raping his friend’s daughter inside an office at the institution’s Department of Accounting.
The 42-year-old lecturer had owned up to having a sexual intercourse with the girl although he claimed it was “consensual.”
He was subsequently arraigned on one count of rape and granted bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum, while his case file was sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.
But the bail conditions had yet to be perfected as of Wednesday when he refused to show up in court.
A lawyer from the Office of the Public Defender, Mrs. Ibidun Ibikunle, while refuting the claim by the defence counsel that he (Baruwa) was absent in court on health grounds, told the court that he refused to answer prison officers when he was called.
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